Shetland Ponies - Scotland
The highly characteristic Shetland pony may no longer be a vital part of crofting life on Shetland today. Nevertheless they are still kept throughout the islands.
Probably a mix of Highland pony with Scandinavian blood, there have been small, shaggy ponies on Shetland for at least two millennia. The characteristic size, shape and coat are all adaptations to the harsh climate.
They were formerly used to bring home peats. Elsewhere in Britain they were once much in demand as pit ponies, working deep underground hauling coal wagons. Far beyond Shetland, today they remain popular as first ponies for young riders and as show ponies. See the listing for Noss Pony Pund